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Rowdy (Marked Men #5) by Jay Crownover

Rowdy Book Cover Rowdy
Marked Men #5
Jay Crownover
Fiction, New Adult
October 21st 2014

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.

Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.

Val’s Review

4-4.5 Stars

I’m short on time, so this won’t be a proper review, but anyway…

This was really good. Once again, Jay-she-who-cannot-possibly-use-a-normal-name-EVER-Crownover has delivered another awesome installment to this series.


I was really looking forward to Rowdy and Salem’s book and this definitely delivered (whew!). Rowdy was a cutie and I really dug Salem. She was a confident chick – and after the self-esteem drain that was Saint from the previous book – Salem rocked my casbah.

But what I was most excited about was that the element in this story that I was worried about – the sister element – was totally addressed and completely conquered here – thank GOD.

Not gonna lie, I was a little worried that it would remind me of a certain other book…*cough* I’m looking at you Heaven’s Sinners *cough cough*

Fans of the series will definitely not be disappointed.

And PS, we were introduced to some other ridiculous awesome new character names: Avett…and Sayer (WTF?)


Oh whatever self, it’s like a name shit show and we are kind of loving it at this point!